The second Tees Businesswomen Awards will feature a short performance by ukulele-playing songstress Amelia Coburn – with more than 200 tickets already sold for a ceremony taking place at Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee on October 24.
Teesside-born Amelia, who began her stage life performing in musicals before mastering the ukulele at the tender age of 14, will kick off proceedings with three classic tracks performed in her own inimitable style.
“It’s going to be lovely to be back home to perform, albeit briefly,” said Amelia, who will return from her studies at Nottingham University for the performance. “I always find inspiration from having time in Teesside despite, or maybe because of, spending the past two years travelling.
“The people and the landscape remind me of why I am who I am. The women of Teesside are a no nonsense bunch for the most part, I find. and although I sometimes have my head in the clouds, it’s given me the confidence to go out and do what I do.”
Julie Burniston, events manager for organisers Resolution Media & Publishing, said: “We are sure guests attending the awards will fall in love with Amelia’s beautiful, haunting, folk-tinged voice, just as we have.”
Currently studying at university in Nottingham, the self-professed Teessider will help Tees Business celebrate the accomplishments of the Tees region’s fantastic businesswomen.
Inspirational charity leader Yasmin Khan is guest speaker at the awards, which are being held in association with Northern Skills Group, the training and apprenticeships arm of Middlesbrough College. The awards event will also feature fundraising for The Halo Project.
The organisers received nearly 100 entries and nominations across 10 categories in the Tees Businesswomen Awards.
The 10 category sponsors are now judging the entries, with shortlists due to be announced next week (beginning September 23). The winners of each category will only be revealed on the night of the event, with contenders hoping to follow in the footsteps of inaugural Tees Businesswoman of the Year Claire Preston, Business of the Year J&B Recycling and Inspiring Others Award winner Yasmin.
Individual gongs will be awarded in the categories of Businesswoman of the Year (sponsored by Teesside University), Lifelong Inspiration (Stockton Borough Council), Breaking the Mould (Developments by Joseph Homes), Inspiring Others (SABIC), Best Newcomer (RMS), with company awards available for Business of the Year (sponsored by Cornerstone Business Solutions), SME of the Year (Punch Robson Solicitors), Training and Apprenticeships (px Group), Charity/Voluntary Award (Billions Europe) and Best New Business (Tees Valley Combined Authority).
Tickets include a prosecco reception, three-course meal including table wine, VIP pictures, inspirational speakers, music and seats for the presentation of the awards.
A table of 10 is priced £750 (+vat) for the glamorous event, with single tickets available at £75 (+vat) each.